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Getting a Texas Learners Permit

Obtaining a Texas learners permit is an exciting time in any young person's life. However, in order to take advantage of this privilege, you must first complete the necessary steps when applying. As a young driver you must complete drivers ed courses, which include classroom attendance and hands-on driving experience. In Texas, you drivers can complete a Graduated Driver License (GDL) Program before you reach the age of 18. As part of the process, you will need to get a learning permit, followed by a provisional license. Read below to learn more about getting your learners permit in Texas.

Before Applying for Texas Drivers Permit

One of the best ways to be fully prepared for your drivers permit application process is by reviewing the Texas DPS driver manual. The driving manual contains all the information you need to know about the driving rules and regulations in the state, as well as safety laws and how to drive responsibly on the road.

Completing the Texas Drivers Permit Application Process

In order to get a permit for driving in the state of Texas, you will be required to visit your local DPS branch with the proper documentation in hand. Some of the items you will need to have on your person include the following:

If you are in the process of obtaining a provisional license, you will need to have on hand the following items:

Those applicants who are under the age of 18 may be issued a learners permit, as long as they drive under the supervision of an individual who is 21 or older. Take note of the following restrictions for a learners permit:

As part of your required drivers education, a first-time applicant must complete 32 hours of instruction in a classroom environment, as well as complete necessary behind-the-wheel hours.

After Getting Drivers Permit in Texas

Before obtaining a standard drivers license, you will be required to pass both a written knowledge exam, as well as a road skills test. Bear in mind that you must be able to provide your own vehicle with proper insurance, in order to take the road skills test.

As far as the written test is concerned, it consists of numerous multiple-choice questions that will test your knowledge about the rules of the road. The state of Texas does not allow applicants to take this test online. Instead, you will need to schedule an in-person visit at a Department of Public Safety location near you.